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Damp on concrete floors

Concrete floors are susceptible to rising damp through the same capillary process as walls. In principle all concrete floors should include a damp proof membrane across the whole floor area and this should be linked to the damp proof courses in the surrounding walls to provide continuity of protection against ground moisture. As an alternative, an epoxy resin coating can also be applied across the floor to seal it against damp.

When these have been measures are omitted, or in older properties that did not have them installed during construction, or if the existing membrane has failed then there are two options available:
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Epoxy resin repair for damp on concrete floors

The first option is to use an epoxy resin coating applied across the floor surface ​to seal it ​and prevent damp migrating to the surface. This is a simple operation that simply requires the floor to be cleaned and prepared and the removal of any existing floor coverings.

Membrane for damp on concrete floors

The second option is to lay a thin but tough structural waterproofing membrane on top of the existing concrete surface. These membranes are often laid as part of a basement waterproofing specification but they are equally successful on damp concrete floors above ground. The process involves removing the existing floor coverings and skirting boards, laying a cavity membrane, normally 3-5mm thick, and then laying a timber floating floor on top, before refitting the skirting boards.

Rising damp

Rising damp can affect all buildings.

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Further treatment for damp on concrete floors

It is important to note that the provision of a barrier against rising damp will only prevent further moisture rising from the ground and is not a complete solution for a whole room. If there are other sources of dampness then these must be eliminated as well.

The only way to make sure you have the proper damp proofing treatment in place is to book a survey with a damp expert.
 

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Peter Cox – professional solutions for damp concrete floors

Is your property suffering from damp on concrete floors? Then give the qualified and experienced team at Peter Cox a call on 0800 633 5712 or contact us online using our contact form.

Peter Cox have a network of local branches all across the UK so one of our damp proofing experts is never too far away from your property.

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